Jazzing Up Your Pockets with Aimee Mertell

Hello Elle’s Studio friends! It’s Aimee back with you today sharing a springy, pocket page layout I created with the new April 2022 kit and add-ons. For this pocket page, I had a ton of fun creating my own pocket tags or really jazzing up the existing kit tags. Come along with me and I’ll show you how I did it!

Supplies | April 2022 KitApril 2022 LabelsFlower Die CutsThe Best Paper StackBig Hugs Stamp, Sincere Sentiments Congrats Add-On Stamp, For The Record Stamp, Big Hugs Metal Die

I was so inspired by the Big Hugs Stamp, and I knew right away I wanted to incorporate those adorable motifs and phrases on my pocket page. I used the stamp set and coordinating Big Hugs Metal Die to create a sun peeking out from behind a cloud and a phrase that reads, “keep smiling” and used them to embellish one of the kit tags. This added so much interest to my pocket page, and it really became the focal point of the whole layout. 

I added even more of the Big Hugs Stamp die cut elements around the page for consistency and whimsy, like the adorable rainbow on this yellow, tag-shaped card. You could even take this method a step further by popping elements up on foam dots to make it super dimensional as well—who says pockets have to be flat?

The next tag I created was a fun journaling tag using the April 2022 Labels. I simply trimmed them out and adhered them in alternating colors to a white, 3 x 4 inch piece of cardstock and then added my journaling inside the labels. This technique allowed me to stay within my chosen color palette and I thought it was a fun mirror of another kit tag that I used on the left-hand side of the page. Using repeating shapes and elements makes for a more cohesive design.

Another simple, yet fun way to create or change up tags is to simply trim down coordinating patterned paper. I did exactly that with a beautiful piece of teal ledger paper from The Best Paper Stack. It made the perfect journaling card, since it had lines to house my journaling as well as a little bit of color! I also made a simple color change to one of my pocket cards by covering up an existing element. The color of the printed label on one of the kit tags didn’t fit with the page color scheme, so I exchanged it for a yellow label I found in the Flower Die Cuts pack—easy peasy and no one will ever know the difference! 

There are so many ways to think outside the box when it comes to pocket pages! Remember that you are not limited to the tags that come in the kit. They are perfect to just slide into the pocket when you’re short on time, but it can also be a ton of fun enhancing them or even making them your own! I hope you were inspired today to spend a little extra creative time on your pockets and that you’ll consider thinking about your pocket tags in a new way. Until next time, happy creating!

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